Trend Theatre at SURTEX® Delivers Lates Design, Style, and Buying Trends - Surtex

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Trend Theatre at SURTEX® Delivers Lates Design, Style, and Buying Trends

White Plains, NY (May 11, 2017) — SURTEX, the most comprehensive art and brand licensing trade show in the surface design industry, makes its annual return to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City on May 21-23, 2017. Thousands of artists, art agents, designers, licensing agencies, and licensors will present the latest surface designs to manufacturers, retailers and licensees looking to create the next best-selling products in every category imaginable.

“SURTEX is at the forefront of bringing together ideas on how to incorporate emerging trends into product design,” said Jill Campbell, vice president of marketing, Emerald Expositions. “Our Trend Theatre is an important gathering place for industry experts, thought leaders and trend-spotters to share their insights on lifestyle and interior design trends influencing surface design collections. Manufacturers can capitalize on this information to spur product innovation and success in the marketplace.”

Located on the exhibit floor within the ReSource Hub, the 2017 Trend Theatre will feature three 30-minute presentations, delivered each show day. Presentations will focus on the newest trends impacting industries as diverse as home and accessories, textiles, tabletop, fashion, paper, stationery, and, packaging and gifts, through fabulous imagery and insider commentary from world-renowned trend forecasting companies.

The schedule:

Sunday, May 21
10:30am – 11:00am
Blending Colorful Memories and Dreams for A/W 2018/19 presented by Laurie Pressman, Pantone
For autumn/winter 2018/19, Pantone’s color palettes capture the many facets of time; the fast and furious, the slow and simple, the past and future. Crossing the now towards more futuristic expression, colors range from classic arrangements through to fully saturated, punchy narratives all the while leading to newer and more unique color expressions.

12:45pm – 1:15pm
Milou Ket Home Interiors 17/18 presented by Dan Nazario, Creativo
Milou Ket Home Interiors is one of the most popular trend tools for the global interior industry. The book is an amazing working tool for designers and decorators, but also for purchase managers and buyers who need input to colors, materials and designs before purchasing their collection. This year’s book features six trend stories, seasonal color card with Pantone references, as well as 250 inspiring material samples.

2:30pm – 3:00pm
Color, Chaos and Creativity presented by Nancy Fire, Design Works International
Explore emerging lifestyle trends through color, print and pattern, from Millennial Pink to The New Bohemians with Every Stop on the Rainbow in Between. Join Nancy Fire, the creative director of Design Works International and HGTV HOME, for a visual journey of trends, icons and color for 2017-18.

Monday, May 22
10:30am – 11:00am
Milou Ket Home Interiors 17/18 presented by Dan Nazario, Creativo
(See description above)

12:45pm – 1:45pm
Digital Technology in Surface Design presented by Steve Greenberg, Pointcarre and Chris Moore, Stradaverde
Learn how to take a design concept from start to finished product in the comfort of one’s own studio. Digital printing has come a long way from mills and factories and can easily be brought directly into the design office, studio or home. Follow the newest process of editing and manipulating a design from scan to repeat to color-ways and mapping. Then quickly crossover into the reality of having a design printed, cut, and sewn into a garment.

2:30pm – 3:00pm
Fall/Winter ’18 Color & Trend Inspiration for Interiors & Home presented by Abbey Cook, The Doneger Group
Join Abbey Cook, Senior Trend Analyst at The Doneger Group as she highlights the four key interior trends for the Fall/Winter ’18 season. The presentation will focus on color, design, print and pattern, soft and hard materials, and furniture direction.

Tuesday, May 23
10:30am – 11:00am
Unique Markets Matter presented by Danielle LoCastro, First2Print
In the quick changing world of fashion and surface design, creativity in product development has become a necessity today. Join Design Works International and Design2print NYC in a close look at some of their seasonal forecasting of current color & trend and see how they and their clients have shifted business for new areas of design opportunity. This presentation is meant to inspire through a pictorial story and help connect the dots to new design and market shifts that mattered to their studio business.

12:45pm – 1:15pm
Top Color Palettes, Themes & Materials for 2018 presented by Stacy Garcia, Stacy Garcia, Inc.
Stacy Garcia, established product designer and trend forecaster, provides a snapshot of 2018’s top color palettes, themes and materials for the design world.

2:30pm – 3:00pm
Prints & More’s Spring 2018 Color, Print and Pattern Overview presented by Nicki Gondell, Trend House
Join this roundup look at the season’s most important colors, prints, patterns, and graphics for fashion, home décor, home accessories, paper goods, and gifts.

For the newest at SURTEX, visit the website for more information.

SURTEX is the annual trade show for the surface design industry, bringing together owners and creators of surface design (artists/designers/studios/agents/brands/licensors) with manufacturers, retailers, licensees and marketers utilizing surface design for product development needs. Since 1986, SURTEX has been the single event and global resource offering the full scope of art selling and licensing under one roof. The show, slated for May 21-23, 2017, will connect nearly 200 exhibitors featuring thousands of creative works by artists and designers from around the world, with some 4,500 total attendees, with crossover attendance from the co-located National Stationery Show® and ICFF®. For information and registration, visit

Emerald is the largest operator of business-to-business trade shows in the United States, with our oldest trade shows dating back over 110 years. We currently operate more than 50 trade shows, including 31 of the top 250 trade shows in the country as ranked by TSNN, as well as numerous other events. Our events connect over 500,000 global attendees and exhibitors and occupy over 6.5 million NSF of exhibition space. We have been recognized with many awards and accolades that reflect our industry leadership as well as the importance of our shows to the exhibitors and attendees we serve.

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